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Table 1 Characteristics of people dying non-suddenly at home* in Belgium

From: Dying at home in Belgium: a descriptive GP interview study

  Non-sudden deaths at home† Non-sudden deaths not at home‡  
  N = 205 % N = 830 % p-value§
Age (years)      .002
   1-64 35 18 83 10  
   65-84 116 58 449 54  
   85+ 48 24 284 34  
Gender, female 77 38 456 55 .000
Region      .154
   Flanders 114 56 520 63  
   Wallonia 76 37 253 30  
   Brussels 15 7 57 7  
Educational level      .323
   Primary school or less 125 61 526 63  
   Secondary school 40 20 144 17  
   High school/university 19 9 55 7  
   Unknown 21 10 105 13  
Fixed partner at time of death 132 65 341 41 .000
Living at home before death      .000
   No|| 4 2 350 42  
   Yes, alone 33 16 148 18  
   Yes, with one or more others 168 82 329 40  
Financial status      .401
   (very) low 54 26 240 29  
   Average 106 52 412 50  
   (very) high 44 22 163 20  
Cause of death      .000
   Cancer 118 58 291 35  
   Non-cancer 81 40 534 64  
  1. * Own home or home of a relative
  2. † Missing values for non-sudden deaths at home: for Age n = 6, for Fixed partner at time of death n = 1, for Financial status n = 1, for Cause of death n = 6
  3. ‡ Missing values for non-sudden deaths not at home: for Age n = 14, for Fixed partner at time of death n = 5, for Living at home before death n = 3, for Financial status n = 15, for Cause of death, n = 5
  4. § p-value for Chi-square test
  5. || The 4 patients not living at home before death lived in a care home and were transferred to the home of a relative shortly before their death, where they received end-of-life care from a GP.